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Open since 1882, the Cincinnatian Hotel was one of the first hotels in the world to have elevators and incandescent lighting; it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, the hotel underwent a $25 million renovation and the originally 300 rooms were reduced to 146 rooms, including seven luxurious suites. The hotel’s old-world charm was retained, though — evidenced largely by the marble and walnut grand staircase that continues to impress those who enter the lobby. The accommodations are lovingly maintained and incorporate modern technology. Furnishings lean toward the contemporary, while some rooms feature balconies and fireplaces. The eight-story atrium of the Cricket Lounge serves afternoon tea and evening cocktails. The fine dining and impeccable service at the Palace Restaurant make it one of the top tables in town.